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-- remember "best in show"? a parody. the amount of money spent to win the real thing is no joke. >> thousands and thousands of dollars. >> an expense that i don't discuss with my husband. he doesn't have a clue. if he did, he'd about have a fit. >> priceless really. i mean, it's hard to say. i couldn't put a dollar figure on that. >> reporter: from blow dwrouts crates fit for a king, shotgun dogs get ready -- showdogs get ready for showtime. there's primping and advertising. >> if you advertise on one of the covers of these magazines, it's probably about $4,000. >> reporter: if you want to be a cover dog, fitness training is a must all year long. >> they're like any other athlete. he's got a rigid routine at home. he works out on the treadmill. a little bit of a special diet. vitamins. >> reporter: dog treadmills cost up to $2,000. and reece's vitamins cost more than most people's. >> his vitamin particularly is about $100 a bag. >> reporter: of course, you have
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to travel in style. kathleen shrunk is an owner from chicago. also a teacher. she bought an r.v. for her dog, journey, this american eskimo. >> kind of have to budget your time and your money. and where you're going to travel. i still work so i teach school. and i continue to work. so i can pay for all of my expenses. >> those are some lucky dogs. you have to wonder if it's worth it, right? tell me what you think. i want to know your thoughts on bubbles, the minimum wage, and the future of education. find us on facebook, twitter, our handle is cnnbottomline, my handle is @christineromans. is pushing the maij what you do if awe -- the minimum wage what you do if you can't figure out how to create new jobs. i'll be back this afternoon on "your money" at 1:00 p.m. "cnn saturday morning" continues right now. good saturday morning to you, i'm susan hendricks in for
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randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 out west. an investigation into what turned a dream vacation into a nightmare. after days of agony at sea, thousands are finally home. the crippled cruise sliern labo a shipyard. we have more from susan candiotti. you have an update on the investigation? >> reporter: yes, you can see the "triumph" over my shoulder in the distance. that ship has 13 decks. this is the first full day that the "triumph" is at the boat yard. a team from the coast guard as well as the national transportation safety board will be going over many, many things. among them, going over every inch of the engine room where the fire brought out on sunday night turning, as you said, this cruise into a nightmare. >> when we investigate things like that, sometimes we find that the smallest thing will
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cause a -- a major problem. and that might be what we find in this case. the investigation's still going on. >> reporter: and investigators will also be going over something called the voyage data recorder which preserves among other things all the conversations that took place on the bridge. it also records all the systems, automated system that the ship runs under so they can examine that, as well. of course, looking at the past history of the ship and past repairs. susan? >> do we know if there's been a previous mechanical issue with the "triumph"? are they saying that? >> reporter: well, most recently, we know there were problems back in january and february of this year. within the last couple of months. one of those involved what they call an alternator. another involved the propulsion system. at least theali alternator was
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fixed before they set sail. >> reporter: anything else that carnival is doing to repair their image with passengers and future passengers? >> reporter: certainly by everyone's account, this has been a public relations nightmare for the cruise line. what they have done for the passengers, remember, as soon as this happened, was announced a full refund. in addition, they'll get a $500 in cash as well as a full discount on future cruises that anyone might want to take with them that was involved in this horrible mess. so that's certainly -- that sghd a long way to help repairing their image. and this is clearly something they hope they can bounce back from. >> i hope so. some of the people i spoke to say "no, thanks, no more cruises for us." susan candiotti, thank you. appreciate it. >> reporter: you're welcome. to russia, they are cleaning up the debris from that shocking
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meteor explosion. take a look. [ screams ] >> terrifying moments inside of a school in russia. the shockwave from the exploding meteor broke windows through the area. as many as 3,000 buildings were damaged, and 1,000 people were injured. flying glass is blamed for most of the injuries. emergency officials from moscow are there now assessing the damage to the area. authorities have also blocked off a nearby lake. that is where they think the largest chunk of that meteor came down. in california now, investigators say the renegade cop blamed for a murderous spree likely killed himself. christopher dorner's charred remains were found in a burned out cabin after tuesday's standoff with police. he died from a single gunshot wound to the head. nick valencia joins me again. you were there as the saga was unfolding in big bear. turns out he was hiding near where the police were. >> yeah. less than 100 yards away.
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i know we use the term "chilling "a lot in the media. but i literally got the chills when a looked behind me. i saw less than 100 yards separated the command center from where chris dorner was hiding out under their noses. it's amazing when you consider how many police officers were looking for chris dorner. as many as 125 police officers as well as planes that used body heat sensors to find him. even though he was there under there. >> nick, take us back to the day where you heard something and, therefore, you communicated what you knew to the officers themselves. >> yeah. i was actually in the northeast part of l.a. at the time that i heard there was a shoot-out between chris dorner and police. i was running past officers as all journal lifts run past breaking news. i said to police officers, "dorner's in a shoot-out with some of your boys," the lapd officers. i broke the news to some, it was a surreal experience to have done that. >> you're right. that is chilling. in the big bear area, you found some residents didn't know what was going on.
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others were terrified of this man. >> one thing i wanted to point out, i actually spoke to someone who said they supported chris dorner. on line there was support that came forward for chris dorner. i said, how could you support a man who killed two innocent people? they said, don't mistake my support for chris dorner for my disdain for the los angeles police department. there's a lot of people that think even though chris donorer is dead now, his allegations of -- donor is dead now, his allegations of corruption and abuse aren't. >> it's outrageous to support anyone who would kill other people and officers. >> this person stood by his belief and claim. >> a $1 million reward, nick. where's it going? >> we just don't know that now. that could be another black eye and stain on the reputation of the lapd. this million dollars was pulled together. more than 20 people will have a say in where it goes. does it go to the couple that was tied up, to the man that was carjacked? maybe does it go back into the city? there was hundreds of hours of overtime used by the los angeles police department. it's going to be a very expensive bill once that comes out. >> it wasn't from taxpayers. it was from donors.
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>> it was from donors and private groups. the caveat to this all, no arrests, no conviction. perhaps no money. there's one person that has says he believes he deserves the reward money and is willing to split it with a couple that was tied up where dorner was staying. we don't know now. there's no confirmation about where the money will go. >> i know two of the cops have young children. maybe it will go to the families. we shall see. nick valencia, thank you. appreciate it. overseas now where the olympic hero known as "blade runner" is spending the weekend in jail until his bond hearing on tuesday. oscar pistorius is charged with killing his model girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, on valentine's day. despite her death, a reality tv show starring steher will air. >> i'm talking about mansions and models. seven celebrities and seven lucky winners will live your
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island dream. paradise is not -- >> a preview of the show. earl barnett joins us from johannesburg. and isste steenkemp's family speaking out? >> the show will premiere in a few hours. we haven't heard from them but following the tragic news of her death, they said they would like the media to respect their privacy at this difficult time. should be noted, reeva steenkamp was a bikini cover model, gracing the covers of south africa's "fhm" version and the like. still, though, some are wondering if it wasn't inappropriate for the producers and organizers of the program to continue with the airing of the show even though the woman has been killed. the executive producer defends the decision and says actually it's a way for the rest of south africa to see and appreciate her beauty and intelligence. they think it's helpful.
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and it will be preceded by a tribute for reeva. >> an attorney for naft oscar pistorius says he's denying the allegations in the strongest terms. a lot of people have a hard time believing the accusations against this guy. >> reporter: it's just quite shocking. i mean, the reports are that this woman was shot multiple times in his home. how, we're wondering and we'll find out, can oscar pistorius defend those actions? you see, here in south africa he's such an inspirational figure, this paralympic runner who made it to the olympics. a former girlfriend of his his taken to twitter to defend his character. janea adkins tweeted, "i want to say i've dated oscar on and off for five years. not once has he ever lifted a finger to me as people speculate." this was a domestic disturbance? other paralympic athletes are saying the man they know was an inspirational one. listen to this -- >> the things he's done for me,
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he's changed my life. not only me but millions and millions of people in the world. and he started a legacy. and i -- i hope people don't forget his legacy. >> reporter: and the truth is, we just won't know anything about what happened in oscar pistorius' home on valentine's day until the hearings resume on tuesday. that's when we will possibly hear a defense and a plea. until then, though, he will remain in jail, and his slain girlfriend will now only be seen on a realty program. >> shocking is a term i've heard in relation to this tragic case. thanks. cruise lines are hoping you remember a little less of the cruise from hell and a little more of this. fun in the sun, drinks on the deck. and they're hoping some rock-bottom deals will jog your memory a little faster. we have tips for you finding the right trip. stay with us.
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welcome back. facebook is saying tractor-trailers latest company to be the -- saying it is the latest company to be the victim of a hacking attack. the social media giant says no user information was compromised. some of the computers were infected by malware in january. in the last month, hackers have also gone after twitter, "the new york times," and the "wall street journal." if you get travel deals in your e-mail, you've probably got one like this yesterday advertising, what else, but cruises with cut-rate prices. in the wake of the ill-fated "triumph" cruise lines, royal crib to celebrity are dropping rates and hope to lure passengers like you back by reminding you how fun and affordable cruises can be. how do you make sure we're getting a good deal? here to help us is travel expert and contributing editor from "budget travel" reed bramblet. great to have you here. >> it's a pleasure to be here. >> there are great deals out there now. if someone's looking to take a cruise now, where do you find
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them? >> you find them can he cruise discounters. we have a graphic i know with cruises4 cruises411, cruise brothers, they're about everywhere. you can get cruises in the caribbean for $179, $189 which for four -- four days, three nights. and not just on carnival which is discounting its cruises majorly to get more business drummed up. you can get them on holland america, royal caribbean, just about anyone. >> the other cruise lines are reacting to what happened with carnival and hoping that people won't shy away from taking a cruise because of what happened. >> there are always going to be inexpensive cruises in the western caribbean to the bahamas. certainly in a time like this when they're worried that people might be hery about cruising, area -- leery about cruising, they're giving great prices so people say you can't not cruise because of the prices. >> some packages may look like a deal but they're not really. how do you tell the difference?
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>> well, i would say that one thing that's not a great deal is the inside cabin. that's always the lead price, the big price and splashy numbers that they put up on the ads. for just 5%, 10%, 15% more money, you get a sea view. when you're cruising, you want the sea view. you can look for scams or things that are bait and switch on the cruise message boards, cruisecritic and cruisemates.com. i would say that the real things that aren't bargains is everything besides the cabin. the cruiselines do not make money on selling you the cabin which is why they're cheap. they make money on everything else that happens once you leave the cabin. so when you buy your alcohol at the bar or at the restaurant, when you gamble, the house always wins when you gamble on the ship. there are ways to get around that. you can, of course, buy wine packages with your meals that less s less than buying bottles. when you do drinking in port at ports of call. at restaurants, a lot of cruise lines offering a la carte restaurant or for an upgrade you can teater higheat at the highe
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restaurants which brings the class system to cruising. you can just stick to the buffet. shore excursions is another big moneymaker for the cruise lines. you can go to independent shore excursion booking companies like port campus and viatour.com. you can book a tour with fellow cruise passengers and pay 40% less on the same bus. there's a high markup the cruise lines take. >> when you book the cruise, there may be fine print people never read. what kind of rights are people giving away when they do sign the sdplakcontracts? >> are you signing away many rights. it's many pages long, many pages of fine print. the reason -- i know people are starting to sue carnival over the incident. they're not going to get much headway in court unless there is physical injury done. it's hard to prove the emotional distress which they undoubtedly went through over the five days. but when you sign that rite of passage, the cruise line pretty much covers itself legally.
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they are required to refund your money, that's about it. i know they're giving people $500 as well and credits for a future cruise should they want to cruise again. >> do you think that the debacle with carnival will kind of permanently damage the cruise industry or do you think people soon forget about that? >> i think people soon forget. this happened time and again. happened in carnival in 2010 with the "splendor," this time off the mexican coast and pacific ocean. their profits were up 11% that year over 2009. they had the "costa concordia." "costa" is a carnival company, princess. 32 people died on the "costa concordia." it was the biggest news story for days. the ship is still off the coast of tuscany listing. yet they took a dent, yes, in profits, but they made only $1 billion last year versus $1.9 billion the year before. the cruise industry is still on trook grow about 8 -- on track to grow about 8% a year as it's
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been doing since the "love boat" came out on tv. >> they're chugging along thanks to captain stubing. to the asteroid that narrowly missed earth, though maybe not so close, around 17,000 miles away. this is what it looked like through a high-powered telescope. the 2012 da-14 is about half the size of a football field. and speaking of space rocks, we're going to have more. stay with us. [ female announcer ] born from the naturally sweet monk fruit,
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check this out on the right-hand side of the screen. a small fireball lit up the sky over san francisco last night. as experts have said, they see meteors this close quite often, but they usually just drop over the ocean. scary, though, right? taking a look at some of the top business stories. walmart's stock took a nose-dive friday after an internal e-mail published by bloomberg news quoted an executive saying february sales were "a total disaster." the news came around 2:30 p.m. after that, the stock for the world's largest retailer plummeted before making a slight recovery. tiffany is suing co costco-accused the discount retailer of selling knock you've tiffany engagement -- knockoff tiffany engagement rings, saying they sold them as real tiffany diamonds. tiffany wants triple what they made and % on line for every
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diamond sold. tesla is sparring with "the new york times" over a negative review of the super charger stations. a reviewer took a roadtrip in a model s and stopped to recharge at super charging stations. according to the review, he ended up having the car towed because he ran out of power after recharging. the tesla eland said the reviewer drove too fast, draining the battery. we're honoring the first cnn hero of 2013. he's a veteran who knows the meaning of the word sacrifice. yet when his hometown came together to thank him for his service, he decided to pay it forward. today, his organization, purnell heart homes, is -- purple heart homes, is helping disabled veterans to get the welcome home they deserve. meet dale beatty. i'm a combat wounded iraq veteran. as i was recovering at walter reed, my community approached me and said they wanted to help build a home for my return.
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people would come and work on my project just because they respected the sacrifice that i had gone through. all veterans have been taught to be responsible for the guy to your left and the guy to your right. other veterans haven't had it as easy as i have. i sat down with my battle buddy john. we decided to level the playing field. i'm dale beatty. it is now my mission to help other veterans get the support and homes they deserve from their communities. [ applause ] >> there's thousands of veterans right here in our midst. people don't realize the need that's out there. purple heart homes can help any service-connected disabled veteran regardless of their age or war. >> this is the young man why we're all here today. [ applause ] >> just getting the community engaged to get a rent or foreclosed home remodeled or entire house built from the ground up. >> narrow doorways that i couldn't get through.
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his to crawl in on my hands and knees. to have them build a whole new bathroom was unbelievable. >> we want to make their life easier, safer, just better. and their emotions are being rehabbed, as well. >> i did three tours in vietnam. for 35 years, no one cared. purple heart homes said "welcome hoempt" great to be home after 40 years. >> regardless of when you serve, we're all the same. they just need to know that somebody does care about them. >> dale beatty is certainly a hero. want to take you to washington, d.c. do we have that? beautiful shot of the capitol on this saturday morning. good morning to you. has the senate hit a new low with the chuck hagel confirmation fight? that's what we're talking about. maria core dona and amy holmes will be along to hash that out. [ nurse ] i'm a hospice nurse.
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with chase sapphire preferred. then you're going to love this. right now they're only $14.95! wow-a grt deal just got a whole lot better. hurry. $14.95 won't last. welcome back, everyone, i'm susan hendricks in today for randi kaye. bottom of the hour now. five stories we're watching for you this morning -- first, a nurse is suing a michigan hospital because it followed a man's request to have no african-americans involved in his child's medical care. tanya battle says the hurley medical center put a note saying "no african-american nurses per dad's request" on the child's medical chart and reassigned her
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away from the child's care. the hospital has not responded to cnn's request for comment. number two, check this out on the right-hand side of the screen. a small fireball over san francisco caught on tape. astronomers say they think it was a meteor and said they don't think it's in any way connected it the asteroid. just another coincidence. number three, more details on the death of renegade cop christopher dorner. according to initial autopsy reports, the 33-year-old died from a single gunshot wound to the head that was likely self-inflicted after tuesday's standoff with police. dorner's blamed for killing four people and injuring at least three others as parts of a vendetta against his former comrades. four, the bail hearing for olympic track star name naoscar pistorius has been pushed back until tuesday. until then he will be in a south african jail. "blade runner" is charged with murdering his model girlfriend on valentine's day. his agent says pistorius denies
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the allegations. senator jesse jackson jr. says he used campaign funds for personal expenses. he took $750,000 out of his war chest and used it to buy things like this -- a $43,000 rolex, more than $5,000 in furs bought in beverly hills, and a couple of michael jackson hats for around $4,000 each. time now to jump into politics. the top stories from the week. we start with the fight over chuck hagel, and a fight it was. senate republicans, most notably john mccain, have effectively blocked his confirmation at least for now. they are demanding more information from president obama on the attack in benghazi. joining me as they do every week on cnn, democratic strategist maria cordona and amy holmes, editor for "the blaze." maria, i'll start with you. >> good morning. >> talk about a testy confirmation hearing. is this just the latest part of some playground, or do you think there's more to this? >> i think it is absolutely the
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latest in partisan politics, susan. and i think it doesn't bode well for the republicans. they already have a perception from the american people that this is the party of no, the party of obstruction. the party that just wants to deny president obama whatever it is that he is asking for. and they haven't really offered anything positive for the american people to support them on. and i think this is just the latest in that. and you see it from their own words, they said, look, this is just a hold, we're not going to -- we just need him to wait for a little bit. we want more from the administration on benghazi. that's a little ridiculous because hagel had absolutely nothing to do with benghazi. and all of the questions on benghazi have been asked and answered. so i don't think it bodes well for the republicans. they need to be careful on this. >> sounds like an attorney, asked and answered. move on. and republicans said this will spill over to the confirmation of john brennan at cia. do you think this is really about benghazi? the holdup here?
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>> well, all of the questions were not asked or answered in the white house, they wrote a letter to senators answering questions just this week. months after benghazi. but, you know, i know that democrats want to blame republicans for chuck hagel bumbling and stumbling across the finish line. i happen to agree with columnists like dana millbank that the president should have a cabinet that reflects his world views. i agree with that. so if like chuck hagel you believe at that ayatollah and ahmadinejad were credibly elected and you missed the 2009 election riots, well, then hagel's your guy. if you believe there's an international jewish lobby that is intimidating congressmen and is controlling the u.s. state department, hagel's your guy. and interestingly, everybody thinks he's going to get confirmed which would just prove that his last conspiracy is false. he was wrong once again. i think these are perfectly legitimate questions to be raising about the next secretary of defense. >> and they're questions that were asked and answered. and they're a little ridiculous to keep harping on those. >> i think that hagel would
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agree. we're switching gears, turning to the campaign. president obama faced this criticism over plans to help more people go to college. now the president is focused on preschool, and thursday unveiled his new early education plan. amy, i'll talk to but this first. how does this new government-funded plan if over with conservatives? tough to argue, right? >> well, no, because it's a question of whether or not it's the federal government's role to be involved in education or a state function. a lot of conservatives believe it's a state function. education is only funded by the federal government by about 7%. i think in a way the president could get buy in on his pre-k plan is if he were to stug as a school choice program -- suggest it as a school choice program. parents could have vouch force send their child to any pre-k program of their choosing, i think you might see conservatives backing that. >> yeah. the argument may be that the funding is not going in the correct place and maybe won't help as many kids as planned. maria, what's your take? >> here's the issue with what amy said. first of all, it is what the
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president proposed is a partnership with the states where the states would be in control of this. that's exactly what he's talking about. and secondly, republicans love to talk about vouchers. and i think dems would be all supportive of vouchers if vouchers paid everything for -- that would be needed for low-income families. and where would that money be coming from, that's something that republicans don't answer either. so i think to really focus on vouchers in place of universal pre-k for 4-year-olds where studies have shown for every dollar that you spend on education in the early years, you make up for it by more than $7 later on. that is the kind of vision that america needs right now. and again, republicans are being shortsighted. and when you have the majority of parents who understand that this is something that is going to be good for their kids to get good jobs later on, i think, again, it bodes bad for the republicans to be blocking
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something like this. >> it's -- >> point of fact, bobby jindal, republican governor of la lark has a very extensive voucher program for his families and students in his state. conservatives clearly are pro-education, george bush, he worked with ted kennedy when he was president to pass education reform. i think it's unfair to suggest that republicans don't care about america's schoolchildren. that's just not true. >> two takes on one topic. i want to switch from dollars -- school -- to pennies. the president also made news when he called the penny obsolete. is this end of the penny? that's the heartbreaking question. maria, what do you think? >> i hope not. i am one of those people who are emotionally connected to the penny. as i remember when i was little and gathering all my pennies and putting them in the piggy bank. my children are doing the same now. and actually learning a lot of math counting pennies. but you know what, it -- it's also the kind of thing where you really have to look at the efficiency. and if it is the case that it -- it costs more to actually mint a
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penny than what the penny is worth, then maybe it's time that we kind of cut that cord with the emotional connection with that little round bronze penny. >> more than two cents to mint it. >> right. >> amy, what do you think about this? i guess the argument is that you can't really -- you can't use the penny in many machines and you can't show up, i don't know, to pay your mortgage with a bag of pennies. do you think we should keep it? >> i just used pennies the other day at my local deli. gave me change. i want to keep the penny and keep baseball and apple pie and moms. i think it's totally american. >> so do i on. that note, we all agree on something. thank you. appreciate your time. >> thank you very much. another sports hero is in trouble. how about this one -- oscar pistorius is in jail facing murder charges. we're going to talk to two men who know him well. [ manager 1 ] out here in the winds, i have to know the weather patterns. fjew [ manager 2 ] it's like working in a giant sandbox. with all these huge toys. and with the fastest push-to-talk...
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welcome back. singers chris brown and drake are facing off in court over a nightclub brawl in new york city. tmz is reporting brown and drake have filed lawsuits against each other in connection with a fight at new york city's wip nightclub last june. model romaine julian has allegedly filed a suit against both singers along with the nightclub for injuries he says he sustained during the fight. neither brown nor drake is accepting responsibility for it. they want a judge to decide who will pay if julian wins his lawsuit. olympic hero oscar pistorius is behind bars this morning. next week, a judge will decide if he gets bail. he is facing a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend. earlier, i spoke to two men who know him extremely well. one, a documentary filmmaker, steven bosher, the other, blake
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leaper, a former paralympic swimmer. i asked about his relationship with oscar pistorius. >> i've known him throughout the years. he's almost been a mentor to me. a big brother. we both have the same birth defect, missing our legs. it's almost like camaraderie. gave me insight on so much stuff. when i hear him in his capacity, really, i was in shock. did he divulge anything to you? >> i never talked to him about his fwoif. i remember mentioning it briefly in london. that's about it. he never went into much detail about her or the relationship or anything like that. >> steve, when you interviewed pistorius for your document lon the paralympics, you know the
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challenges he went through. did you see a different side to him? a short temper? >> no, i first met him in beijing in 2008. and he's the nicest, the most affable guy. we're shooting a movie called "the invincibles." we started five years ago. and you know, he spent three to four to five years with every journalist. i can't remember meeting anybody nicer or kinder which is why this is just so bizarre. when we first heard about it, two, three days ago. so yeah -- honestly, the nicest guy i've met. >> we keep hearing that. how did you feel when you first heard the news? >> you know, it's become surreal. i'm thinking it's a hoax. there's just -- it doesn't make sense. how this guy could fall from grace so quickly after, you know, rising so fast, it -- it's bizarre. i've been fortunate to, you know, hang out and meet and -- spend time with blake leaper, the american blade runner. and i just know that he was his
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mentor, and that blake is going to, you know, carry this, you know, torch and this legacy that oscar has started because, you know, blake is going to be the first american to run in the olympic games. so it's really exciting for blake. we just wish that light had been able to shine on him in a different way. >> blake, are you so accomplished, as well. blake, if you could talk to oscar, what would you say to him during this time? >> i would say that i'm praying for him, praying for both families. that we all face hard times. and try to keep his head up. and god has a plan for all of us. and as long as he keeps his head up, i'm praying for both sides and stay fighting. stay fighting. >> and our thanks to both blake leaper and steven barber. an american pro-soccer player says he's tired of hiding who he really. is his emotional revelation next.
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first, an m.s. diagnosis can certainly be terrifying, and it affected country music star clay walker. cnn chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, caught up with walker and learned how the musician overcame his fear. >> reporter: clay walker began his life trying to overcome modest roots and make it on the big stage. years later, he was a bona fide country music star. almost as soon as he made it big, that dream started to fall apart. >> my hands, trying to play the guitar, i couldn't hold a guitar pick in my hand. i was devastated. i knew that something of wrong near logically. >> reporter: that neural logical problem was multiple sclerosis. according to the first doctor he visited, his life was effectively over. >> he said that i would be in a wheelchair in four years and that i would be dead in eight.
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>> reporter: walker spent years huddled with fily and gripped by fear. then he made an emotional turn. he wanted to share information about his disease with his fans. he first hunted for an expert about his particular disease called relapsing remiticm.s. then walker made a holistic change to his life, a new diet, exercise, spirituality. >> i'm country music artist clay walker, and i live every day with relapsing multiple sclerosis. >> reporter: he educates others with m.s. about finding a revenue re-- a regimen that wor for them and has avoided a relapse for six years. >> i was told i was going to die. once you conquer the fear of the disease, it's kind of liberating. ♪ [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso.
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♪ like mike if i could be like mike ♪ ♪ like mike makes you want to sing along. that gatorade commercial brings back memories, right? michael jordan turns 50 tomorrow. and there's no doubt many basketball players still want to be like mike. the six-time nba champ. he has a lot to be thankful for at 50 like his popular shoe. most call them js. he stays busy as owner of the charlotte bobcats. where did he go to college? the fine institution that is unc chapel hill. robby rogers has made an emotional disclosure. the 25-year-old said he is gay and is retiring. he was afraid to be judged and rejected but now says it is time to discover who he is away from the game that he loves.
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he played with the u.s. national team before transferring to england's league united. there are no current major league histories who are openly gay. -- players who are open low gly. it's all-star weekend in houston. one star is shining bright. joe carter is here with the "blacher report." joe? >> good morning. one guy heading into the all-star break is lebron james. this week he had six straight of at least 30 points while hitting at least 60% of his shots. unfortunately that streak did end thursday night. and this week, we sat down it talk about his place in history among michael jordan and kobe bryant, those type of guys, and about his hot week. here's part of that interviewer. >> most of us don't know what it's like to be shooting with that kind of accurate. can you compare it to anything in regular life that the rest of us could know how you feel now looking at that? >> well, i guess i will say, you
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know, the way i've been shooting the ball, it feels like you're on a beach and -- you have a tennis back. no matter where you throw it's going to land in the water. now i have -- i shouldn't shot at 100% yet. >> you want to. you were close one night. >> i was close. i missed a lay-up. >> that brths you. -- that bothers you. >> after the fact. during the game i didn't know, after the fact i was like, 13-14, you blew a lay-up. >> the fresh cut for the interviewer with rachel nichols. see the whole thing as they sit down. we'll run it tomorrow on cnn and hln. so much for a conservative start. nascar just ten minutes into the first practice session of the season. we have our first wreck. matt kenseth is to blame. those involved have damaged cars. that means they have to race their backup cars next sunday in the biggest race of the season, of course the daytona 500. let's finish with a hook and
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a slice on ice. ain't no snow going to stop these minnesotans from playing golf. looks fun. for the past 12 years, these guys have worn heavy coats and played 18 holes worth of golf on top of a frozen lake. it's a one of a kind charity event where they used just about anything to hit the golf ball. >> i used a hockey stick. i saw a kayak paddle, golf club, a tennis racket, i shot something from the national guard like a ball out of a cannon thing. >> all right. for all of your up-to-the-minute sports headlines and entertaining stories, go to bleacherreport.com. instead of the beer cart girl on that course, i'm sure it's like the guy serving hot toddies or something. >> maybe icicles. they're easier to get. looks like fun. joe, thank you. >> you bet. speaking of here's a hazard you will only find at golf courses in australia. it's warm, but kangaroos, a heard, decided to get in on the action during the first round of
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a sea turtle in japan is swimming happily ever after after being fit with a new pair of prosthetic flippers. sc